Jenny Balfour-Paul (PhD Arab and Islamic Studies 1992) recently celebrated the launch of Deeper than Indigo: tracing Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer, but the book found its way to the presses through unique circumstances. “A major publisher considered my completed manuscript ‘too unusual’ to publish,” Jenny says, “but Medina Publications took it on last year, just when a new editor, Richard Wood, an alumnus of Exeter’s English Department, joined their team.”

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AUTUMN 2015 

 
   

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A novel coincidence 

Jenny Balfour-Paul (PhD Arab and Islamic Studies 1992) recently celebrated the launch of Deeper than Indigo: tracing Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer, but the book found its way to the presses through unique circumstances. “A major publisher considered my completed manuscript ‘too unusual’ to publish,” Jenny says, “but Medina Publications took it on last year, just when a new editor, Richard Wood, an alumnus of Exeter’s English Department, joined their team.”  
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Penryn Campus Humanities lecturer wins international short story prize

English and Creative Writing lecturer Rob Magnuson Smith has been awarded the 2015 Australian Book Review (ABR) Jolley Prize for his short story The Elector of Nossnearly. The announcement was made by novelist Steven Carrol during the 2015 Brisbane Writers Festival, which ran from 2-6 September in Brisbane, Australia. Dr Smith attended the event in person and delivered a short reading after receiving the award.
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The Paddon Award 2016

The Paddon Award is a cross-arts competition open to students, staff and alumni of the University of Exeter, who are not working in the professional arts. Commemorating the University’s Diamond Jubilee year, the award invites entries under the theme of ‘Celebration.’ Entries can be in the form of film, prose, musical compositon or visual arts. First prize will be £250 cash and the opportunity to have a further one-to-one mentoring session with the judge of your choice. 
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Alumni

 
 
 

Humanities PHD Students awarded Library of Congress fellowship

Two PhD students in the College of Humanities, Mathilde Pavis (LLM, University of Exeter, 2012) and Rhian Keyse (MSc African Studies, University of Oxford, 2010) have won the opportunity to enhance their research at the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA. 
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Humanities student receives High Commendation from the international Undergraduate Awards

Selected to receive a High Commendation for her 3rd year paper entitled: "The Acquirement of Knowledge: Prometheus as a Catalyst for Identity Formation in German 'Sturm und Drang' and English Romantic Literature", Anna Varadi has been invited to attend the summit which celebrates the writing talent of Undergraduates.
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We’re looking for alumni volunteers

Are you able to support final year Humanities students to make important decisions about their future? It’s never too late… is specifically designed to guide final-year Humanities students in the often daunting transition from study into the workplace. We are looking for 100 alumni like you to be part of It’s never too late… by volunteering as a little as 15 minutes of your time. Read more >>


 
 

FEATURES

 
 
 

College of Humanities consolidates its UK-leading position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

7 of our subjects are ranked in the top 5 in the UK – Classics and Ancient History; Drama; History and Art History; Italian; Russian; and Theology and Religion – while another 6 take up places in the top 10, consolidating our reputation as being amongst the top universities in the country for arts and humanities subjects.
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Passion for the Devonshire coast reignited with new project

The University of Exeter and Bath Spa University have joined forces to revive public interest in the natural history of the Devonshire coast. ‘Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon’  seeks to increase public awareness of the rich history of nineteenth-century literary and scientific writing about the North Devon coast.
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Featured picture

This edition’s featured picture celebrates the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee Year. It is a
fitting and reminiscent reminder of how much the university has changed since it came into being 60 years ago. For more interesting and insightful photographs follow @uniofexeter on Instagram


 
 

ARTS & CULTURE

 
 
 

Art History and Visual Culture Research seminar series

The 2015/16 Art History and Visual Culture research seminar series brings together multi-disciplinary speakers from Art History and Visual Culture to Theatre and Performance, Geography, Law, and Sociology. The first talk is led by David Paton who will be exploring ‘Sculpture as Ethnography.’ David will be using film and performance to explore how creativity can be used throughout multiple divisions of labour — as he makes a living as quarry-worker, artist, researcher, geographer and artisan. 

Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 15:00-17:00

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Object Stories: The Bill Douglas Museum’s new YouTube channel

The University of Exeter’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum has launched its YouTube channel with four short films made using the Museum’s collections. Under the umbrella title of “Object Stories,” academics in Film Studies talk about how they use artefacts in the museum for their research.
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